Oh yeah, the 525 is a great reel, have seen many of them in action, about $230 NZD delivered so its definately another option. In the shops here they have the “standard” version, but I note that overseas there are a few different spec models. In your opinion, what would be the best option for flinging 55-85gm ticers for extended periods for maximum distance?
Back to the contoura though, Im not to worried about the noise a reel makes as long as it will cast alright. I have a old calcutta 400 thats seen better days for upriver fishing & its noisy as hell!